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Debs Dog Training- Obedience and Agility

Deb FrankDeb Frankss began dog training in Columbus Ohio in 1977 and since that time she has earned numerous obedience and agility titles with her own dogs.   Her Jack Russell Terriers and Border Collies have been nationally ranked.   Deb describes her training philosophy as follows:

My training methods are based on canine behavior. The owner’s relationship with their dog needs to be one of respect and leadership. Your dog looks to you for guidance and direction. Becoming pack leader with your dog is critical to your training. My goal for my students is to have a confident, happy working dog that responds on the first command.”

Deb is currently training puppy pre-school, foundation obedience, advanced obedience, and beginning agility.  Private training sessions can be arranged.  For more information on classes and all of out dog training services in Columbus, Ohio go to


Safari Handling- Conformation Training

Joe T. CatonJoe T. Caton started teaching classes in 1994 and in his over ten years at the Beechwold Veterinary Hospital location has helped prepare hundreds of dogs and handlers for the show ring.   Joe is also a licensed Therapy Dog International evaluator and Canine Good Citizen evaluator. He promises to make sure both students and dogs are having a good time in a positive and supportive environment.

Our dog training in Columbus Ohio is designed to suit the needs of training a dog for the show ring. Matted patterns are designed to teach the technical details of gaiting for you and your dog.  Mirrored walls are also set up to show the appearance of your dog when stacked in show position. We also have ring gates set up to help familiarize both the dog and handler to what they will see at an actual dog show.  Classes are great for both the complete novice and for the expert preparing their young dog for the show ring.

Classes are available on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, one session starts at 7:00 pm and ends at 8:00 pm the other session starts at 8:15 pm and ends at 9:15 pm.  Please call to see if a position is available for the session you would like to attend. Call (614)262-1317 for training inquires.  Also visit for more information about Safari Handling.


FUNdamental Behavior Classes, Rally Obedience, & Agility Skills

Annette Neff - Dog Trainer

Annette Neff has been the owner/operator of Pet Behavior Associates since 1985. She holds a Master’s degree in education and retired with 30 years of classroom experience. Her graduate work at the Ohio State University had its emphasis in human and animal learning, animal behavior, and comparative psychology. She completed a three-year internship in an animal behavioral clinic under the direction of David Tuber, PhD. She brings a unique combination of experience and education to the dog training and behavioral consultation field.

Annette was the first trainer in the area to offer puppy classes and to train dogs using positive reinforcement. Annette has earned multiple AKC titles on several different breeds in obedience, rally, conformation, agility, and earthdog. Annette has also written several articles and offers seminars and workshops on dog training and behavior.

FUNdamental Dog behavior training is a combined beginners’ course in dog training and behavioral management. Annette specifically developed the FUNdamental behavior training course for dogs and puppies with the needs of pet owners in mind. You will learn how to train your dog to obey basic commands, like heel, sit, down, come, and stay, and, more importantly, how to use these commands in daily situations so that you have better control over your dog. You’ll learn to teach your dog to be calmer and more manageable and to solve behavior problems, like jumping up, running off, destroying property, stealing objects, and pulling. The methods taught in the FUNdamental behavior training classes are designed to modify your dog’s behavior through the use of positive reinforcement and are based upon current knowledge of dog behavior, learning and motivation.

Learn how to effectively communicate to your dog and motivate him to please you by tapping into his natural desires to play and obtain affection, praise and rewards. Above all training using these methods are FUN and more effective than those relying on correction or intimidation.

Annette is also available to provide behavior consultations, home visits for dogs attending class, private and in-home training. You can learn more about Pet Behavior Associates at